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MADISON (WKOW) -- Whether you want to admit it or not, we all have it hiding somewhere: junk. One man's job in Madison is to pick up for you. But he's going to the extra mile to keep it from just going from your basement to the landfill. Elishah Oesch introduces you to John Patterson, Someone You Should Know.

These are the sights and sounds of The Dane County Landfill. It's a place John Patterson knows very well because he drives to it almost every day. John says, "they essentially pile layers of garbage and debris on top of layers of soil so its pretty muddy at the top of the landfill."



Not to mention, a little bit disgusting. John says, "having to deal with the smell and the mud on the wet days."

If you're asking why John puts up with that, your answer could be in your basement or storage bin. John says, "we probably get about 15 to 20 calls per day."

At only 32, john is the owner of the Madison franchise... 1 800 GOT JUNK. We haul away just about anything." And from just about everyone. John says,"we did haul away Barry Alvarez's TV once."

But what makes John unique is that he's voluntarily started donating items he picks up to keep them out of the landfill. John says, "whether its mattresses for people in Africa or medical equipment for people in Africa, or it just could be furniture we can get to the Door Creek Church and their Boomerages retail store."

He also recycles anything he can, saying "100 percent of the metal we get is recycled. 100 percent of the cardboard we get is recycled, all the florescent lightbults we get are recycled."


And its all because John sees his job as a mission to help Dane County. Whether you know it or not, we need it. John says, "our landfill here in Dane County is filling up really quickly. There's maybe only one to two years of life left at the landfill."


At the Dane County Landfill, John and his company drop off 15 hundred pounds of junk a day, but imagine with all the other trucks out here dumping too. The goal is to reduce that and recycle more.

John says, "we want to go the extra mile to try to recycle as much as we can and prevent things from going to the landfill." John also wants everyone to go the extra mile with him. He says, "I think its just a little unfortunate if people don't recycle when there are so many different opportunities nowadays to recycle items."

John says, he's committed to making Madison more green, and making everyone's life a little cleaner.

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